Book Talk Club


What is Book Talk Club?

How often does Book Talk Club meet and who can join?

Memo to Book Talk presenters.

Dos and Don’ts



 What is Book Talk Club?

 Book Talk Club is a reading club that is open to all students at J. A. Fair High School.  The purpose of this club is to stimulate an interest in reading, to encourage recreational reading and to share the enjoyment of books with others.

 How Often Does Book Talk Club Meet and Who Can Join?

 The Book Talk Club meets on the first and third Monday of each month from 8:10 a.m. to 8:40 a.m. in the Media Center.  Students have approximately four weeks to read a book prior to giving a book talk.  Book Talk Club is designed to appeal to students but staff members can participate both as discussion leaders and participants.

 Memo to Book Talk Presenters

 Booktalks should be informal and relaxed, yet stimulating. Remind yourself that you are going to be fine, and that mistakes can happen but aren’t a major crisis.  Remember you are promoting books for recreational reading, and you have to enjoy it yourself if you want your audience to have a good time too.  Wait until everyone is quiet, the attention is on you, take a deep breath, smile and begin.    
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Dos and Don’ts

 Do make sure that the book discussed will be available for checkout.

 Don't talk on a book that you haven’t read and enjoyed.

 Don't give away the ending of the book.

 Do show the book at the beginning, in the middle, and at the end.

 Don't say "read this and find out?”

 Do let the audience see your face and eyes. Good eye contact is essential and keeps you in tune with the audience.

 Don't include literary criticism, book reviewer's opinions, or a detailed plot summary.

 Do know why the book is worth reading, viewing, or listening.

 Don't read long passages. Short quotes work best. Often the first few sentences from the opening of the book are all that you need.

 Don't be sensational or sentimental, although this may be difficult with some genre fiction. You can booktalk dark fantasy without providing nightmarish detail.

 Do arrive at least fifteen minutes before the booktalk is scheduled to begin. Begin on time, but use some friendly greeting to gain audience attention and get them ready to listen. 

 Do clearly state author and title at the beginning and the end of the booktalk.

 Do be certain that everyone in the audience can hear you.

 Do watch your audience. If the audience seems disinterested in a particular book, you may wish to shorten that discussion and move on to the next book.  Be careful here, some students may look disinterested when they are actually listening and thinking about your talk.

 Don't apologize for your booktalk. You can’t be expected to know everything about a genre, an author or even the book. Prepare well, do your best, and move on.


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